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Redistricting 2021

Updated: Nov. 24, 2021

Overview

City Council is conducting the process to rebalance the population in the city’s seven council districts, which is known as redistricting or reapportionment. The redistricting process happens after every decennial census. Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, a law firm with expertise in redistricting, was hired by City Council to advise them during the redistricting process.

The 2020 Census Georgetown population as of April 1, 2020, was 66,880, which is a 41 percent increase in population from 47,400 persons in the 2010 census. This means that the ideal council district is now 9,554, which is the total of 66,880 persons divided by seven single-member districts. See the current City Council district maps at maps.georgetown.org.

These are the 2020 population numbers for each district and the percent deviation from the ideal district with 9,554 people.

District Persons Deviation
1 8,731 -8.62%
2 9,127 -4.47%
3 10,771 12.73%
4 7,181 -24.84%
5 10,630 11.26%
6 6,988 -26.86%
7 13,452 40.80%

Exact equality of population is not required for local political subdivisions. However, a total population deviation of no more than 10 percent between their most populated district and the least populated district should be the goal.

Public redistricting meetings

City Council meetings on redistricting will be open to the public and broadcast on the City’s website and on GTV cable channel 10. Members of the public may comment in-person at the meetings held at the Council and Court Building, 510 W. Ninth Street. These Tuesday meetings are planned, but more meetings may be needed:

  • Oct. 26: Present initial assessment and approve redistricting criteria
  • Nov. 9: Illustrative plan and first drawing workshop
  • Nov. 23: Public hearing and second drawing workshop
  • Dec. 3: Special meeting and third drawing workshop
  • Dec. 14: Public hearing and final adoption

A final plan needs to be adopted and submitted in advance of January 19, 2022, when candidates will begin to file for the May 2022 City Council elections.

Public involvement

Members of the public may submit a redistricting plan that complies with guidelines adopted by City Council. Proposed guidelines include the following: any submitted plan must be a complete plan showing the configuration of all districts and not just a selected one or several; and plans submitted for consideration must follow the adopted redistricting criteria.

To submit a redistricting plan for Georgetown or to submit comments on redistricting, send an email to redistricting@georgetown.org. Comments or plans submitted are public record and will be shared with City Council.

City Council meeting Nov. 23, 2021

At the Nov. 23 City Council workshop, the council reviewed and gave input on redistricting Plan B, which can be viewed in the agenda posting below. The council is expected to review a new plan at a special meeting Dec. 3

Nov. 23 workshop agenda cover sheet | Nov. 23 workshop video

City Council meeting Nov. 9, 2021

At the Nov. 9 City Council workshop, council gave initial input on a map to rebalance the population for the seven City Council Districts. Bickerstaff will use the input from council to draft a new map that will be presented at the council workshop on Nov. 23.

Nov. 9 workshop agenda cover sheet | Nov. 9 workshop video

City Council meeting Oct. 26, 2021

The council approved redistricting criteria at its Oct. 26 workshop meeting. These include:

  • Use of identifiable boundaries (e.g., roads or rivers)
  • Using whole voting precincts, where possible and feasible; or, where not feasible, being sure that the plan lends itself to the creation of reasonable and efficient voting precincts
  • Maintaining communities of interest (e.g., traditional neighborhoods)
  • Basing the new plan on existing districts
  • Adopting districts of approximately equal population
  • Drawing districts that are compact and contiguous
  • Keeping existing representatives in their districts
  • Adjusting to comply with the Voting Rights Act and the Shaw v. Reno Supreme Court case

According to prior Supreme Court rulings, a governmental body must consider race when drawing districts if it is to comply with the requirements of the Voting Rights Act; however, if race is the predominant consideration in the process, the governmental body may be subject to a racial gerrymandering claim.

City Council workshop and regular meeting Oct. 26, 2021:

Workshop agenda cover sheet and presentation
Workshop video
Regular meeting cover sheet

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